Byblos, one of the world's oldest cities

A half hour north of Beirut, Byblos (locally known as Jbeil) is another World Heritage Site due to all the history accumulated as one of of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities – also around 5,000 years. A popular getaway for the Lebanese, this lovely fishing port features an exquisite (if these days a bit touristy), cobblestone-paved medieval quarter and archaeological site including a Crusader castle and ruins dating back to ancient Phoenician, Greek, and Roman times.


Read more about this and the country's many other attractions in my post The Arab World's Most LIberal Country, Lebanon Is an Under-the-radar Gem (written before the disastrous events of the past couple of years).



Karan Jain


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